It’s on until the end of the weekend. DESIGN Canberra that is. And what a great festival it is, celebrating all genres of design.

DESIGN Canberra is in its second year and in 2015 is rolling out around 70 events and activities, many free and something for all ages and interests. The full program is on the website, but The Makers Collective has done a little digging and come up with a list of exciting stuff to do starting this Thursday and through the weekend until the festival closes.

Maddison Jayne

Maddison Jayne–cosmetic bags; image provided by Maddison Jayne

One festival stream is ‘ACTivate’ which is about exploring and ‘activated’ Canberra.

Image Credit: Erub Artists collaboration, photgrapher Lynnette GriffithsWeres

Image Credit: Erub Artists collaboration, photgrapher Lynnette Griffiths

Pop-ups are popping up everywhere, giving designers, craftspeople and artists a temporary home. They’re displaying and selling homewares, bedding, textiles, stationery, décor items, accessories, fashion and more. Lots of handcrafted goodness and heaps of items that will make your Chrissie shopping a snap.


Bonnie Montgomery–jewellery by Bonty; image provided by Bonty

Head to the city for the pop-ups at 72 Northbourne Avenue and 64 Northbourne Avenue and explore:

  1. Lazy Sunday Home—screenprinted bedding and decore
  2. Little Papeterie—stationery, diaries and prints
  3. Made From Good Deeds—stationery, prints and woodcraft
  4. Claudia Owen Blog—textiles and clothing
  5. Annette Boyd Art and Design—handwoven macramé hangings
  6. Maddison Jayne Design—bespoke items of furniture, soft furnishings, beddings and gifts
  7. Bonty—contemporary jeweller by independent designers
  8. MI-WALLET—hand-made wallets made out of folded recycled paper.

ACTivate_ Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday–image provided by Lazy Sunday

You can also explore the world of writing with a free craft workshop by Metka Kosec, which will teach you how to take the act of writing to a whole new level, using calligraphy techniques (see link below for times and location).

Image Credit: Injalak WomenFibre artworks

Image Credit: Injalak Women
Fibre artworks

Also on location is the ‘Designs from the Bush’ pop-up, presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation. This is a rare opportunity for you to see the incredible work being produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. All work is genuine and all proceeds from sales go direct to the artists and their communities. See traditional fish traps made using traditional techniques that are now being used in interior design as lampshades (they’ve even appeared in Vogue magazine!). Also see baskets, vessels and fabulous fabric.

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Metka Kosec—writing workshop; image provided by designer

So get out there. Have fun. Explore. Meet new designers. Be festive.


Written by Wendy Johnson

Design Canberra is an initiative of Craft Act: Craft and Design Centre.

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